A question of patriotism.

911flag.jpg It appears someone at my job must not think I’m patriotic enough. I returned to my desk to find a decal similar to the one pictured here to the left propped up against my monitor screen where I’d be sure to see it. No note as to why it was there and I didn’t notice anyone else in the area with similar decals on their desks to suggest that it was something that had been distributed to all employees for whatever reason. It didn’t have a company logo on it like the lapel pins the company did hand out had, so I figured it wasn’t something the company was doing to try and endear itself to its employees that wouldn’t involve giving them a raise.

In and of itself, it’s a fairly innocuous bit of rah-rah-rah that didn’t really offend me in any way, but I’m still not going to put it on my car. Or anything else for that matter. I’m not one to jump onto group-think bandwagons so I can feel like I belong and I’ve made that clear enough to those souls brave enough to ask. Besides, the events of last September were horrific enough that I won’t need a little sticker to remind me that they happened. Those events stand, for me, as a reminder of the power that religion can have over its true believers and why it’s never been more important to keep the wall between Church and State as strong as possible in this country. True patriotism is more than slapping a decal or bumper sticker on your car, waving a little flag around, and taking up the war chant. In my case, I demonstrate my patriotism by defending the founding principles from those within the country’s own citizenry who would dismantle them.

3 thoughts on “A question of patriotism.

  1. I’m very much with you on this one. Knee-jerk jingoism is just as bad as blindly running about saying “My country sucks” yet not doing anything positive and constructive about the problem. There are no easy solutions, there never are. But pasting one’s home, desk, and transportation with pictures and slogans only puts on a surface veneer of patriotism. It’s the folks who stand up and ask thoughtful, pointed questions of the politicians and elected officials that are the patriots.

    Which means, I suppose, that it’s currently dangerous to be a staunch American patriot.

    Didn’t this happen during that little dust-up with the British in the 1770s? I think history books refer to it as “the American revolution”.

  2. I see no positives in patriotism. It is a weak, primitive, chilish emotion used by desperate individuals with no pride in themselves that they have to leech pride off the achievements of the group.

    When my commercialised cult is finally produced, I will demonstrate how much people need authority, a sense of belonging, and group pride.

  3. Great site, Les. I agree with much of what you say regarding theism, atheism and politics. Thanks. al in st louis mo

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